Trump Attorney General Nominee William Barr Pledges 'Transparency' On Mueller Probe

Attorney general nominee William Barr visited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday

Attorney general nominee William Barr visited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday

Barr even referred to Mueller in friendly fashion, having worked with him back in the 1990s when Barr was attorney general.

Whitaker ignored the advice of the career ethics officials who recommended he recuse from overseeing Mueller's probe and reportedly relied instead on the assessment of unknown political advisors.

That Barr, completely unsolicited, sent a letter to the Department of Justice critical of Mueller's "Obstruction Theory" didn't help those concerns.

"'As I understand it, his theory is premised on a novel and legally insupportable reading of the law", Barr wrote, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"First, I believe it is vitally important that the Special Counsel be allowed to complete his investigation".

He will also address concerns that the results of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation might never be disclosed, saying it is "very important" that Congress and the public be informed of the prosecution team's findings.

He described Mueller, a former Justice Department colleague, as a friend he has known personally and professionally for 30 years.

I believe it is vitally important that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation. Indeed, it will be up to Barr, in lieu of some other action by the president, to decide which parts of the Mueller report will be made available to the public.

Trump had complained that his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, did not protect him from the Russian Federation investigation.

The transcript continues: "I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based exclusively on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision".

Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, jumped on the latest revelations, tweeting debate footage from 2016 in which she blasted Trump for bending to Putin's will and writing: "Like I said: A puppet". He wrote that his memo did not say, "as some have erroneously suggested, that a President can never obstruct justice".

But Barr, who also moved to quell concerns during private meetings last week with lawmakers, will insist that Trump had "sought no assurances, promises, or commitments from me of any kind, either express or implied".

The president's pick for attorney general will continue to prioritize immigration enforcement and says the government must be able to hold and remove people who illegally enter the U.S. "And, if you confirm me, that is how it will be, and I have not given him any, other than that I would run the Department with professionalism and integrity".

Moreover, Barr said, he was not serving as a sock puppet for the administration or anyone else to surface someone else's counterarguments against Mueller or the Justice Department.

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